Policy and Research


Policy Advocacy

Assembly Bill 1975 Testimony (4/16/24)

Assembly Bill 1975 (Bonta), which would make Food as Medicine a permanent Medi-Cal (Medicaid) covered benefit in California, passed through Health Committee on 4/16/24  

Prior Assembly Bill advocacy for Food as Medicine

Previous efforts have included AB 1644 (2023), AB 368 (2021) , AB 3188 (2020) 

Our policy partners include


Research & Evaluation


Stanford University, The University of California San Francisco, the  Community Health Center NetworkAlameda Alliance for Health, and the  Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition are working together to evaluate and research Recipe4Health’s impact on health outcomes, healthcare utilization, patient-reported outcomes, health-related behaviors, and food insecurity. 

Read about the quasi-experimental study to evaluate the effectiveness of Recipe4Health.

Open Source Wellness, in partnership with the Alameda Health System, published an analysis of the effectiveness of a clinic-based group medical visit integration of the behavioral pharmacy model in a federally qualified health center in Hayward, California. They demonstrated significant increases in daily servings of fruits and vegetables and exercise. 

Read about Group Medical Visits 2.0: The Open Source Wellness Behavioral Pharmacy Model.

Image of beans and legumes by Disiana Caballero